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Least Chipmunk

Tamius minimus
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Habitat: Open coniferous and aspen forests, sagebrush flats, rocky outcroppings and pastures with small shrubs.

Description: Three dark, and two light stripes on the face, five dark and four light stripes on its body. Overall color is reddish brown. They have extremely long tails compared to body length.

Size: 7.5-11cm, 35-72g

Diet: berries, nuts, seeds, grasses, mushrooms and insects.

Fun Facts: Chipmunks dig underground burrows that are very hard to find, they never leave dirt piles at the entrance.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina stellata

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was...

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